my VERY personal solution, that might help you. It allows me to have two/threelevels of time/priorities that works well for how I use my brain.
I name my projects in acronyms.
example I have a business called Game Of Thriving (life coaching). I refer to the project by GOT.
I have a type named "project" which is red. I make a thought GOT and type it "project". I pin this thought.
I have a type hierarchically under project which is called "priority" (pink)
I create thoughts GOT1, GOT2, GOT3 and type them priority
I have sub-priority (action) thought types 1 (yellow), 2 (light-yellow), 3 (peach), 4 (orange), 5 (dark-orange) (note: I use a solid black background so all these colors "pop" in my plex).
I list out all of my tasks for the project, then do a first order priority in terms of time to start.
- Everything to be done first/in the near term goes under GOT1,
- everything that comes in the second stage (later but soon) goes under GOT2,
- everything that comes much later - after a bunch of other stuff, or are "nice to haves" go under GOT3. (if it is more complex, I might add GOT4 and GOT 5 etc.)
then, I goto GOT1 and type the tasks under it according to local priorities - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 then "sort by type" in the plex.
if there are time deadlines - I put the thought in my calendar.
Now, when it comes time to work on that project, I click the pinned thought GOT, goto GOT1, and look at what is yellow for my next tasks (then light yellow for second priority tasks).
If I want to do planning on the project, I click GOT, go to outline mode, expand out 2-3 levels to see all the parts of the project - then add/delete thougts, rearrange/retype to give my future-self instructions. that IS my project planning.
In my brain - these short (acronym) thoughts are my pins. I have about 1 dozen projects at any one time, and they take up the bulk of my pins. I also organize them left to right (projects on the far left are most important, projects more towards the right are decreasingly important.
Hope this helps.